Everything you need to know, and probably some stuff you don't....
Please remember that other than our vaping products CBD is a food supplement. In all cases CBD is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. You should always check with your doctor before starting a new dietary supplement program. We cannot and we do not make any claims whatsoever about the products on our website.
Statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MRHA) or similar bodies.
A. CBD Information
1. What is CBD?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol, one of the naturally occurring cannabinoids - a type of chemical compound - found in hemp and marajuna. There are over 100 different cannabinoids found in hemp but the ones which are present in the greatest concentration are CBD and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
All the CBD which we use at Paso has been extracted from natural hemp with high levels of CBD but which has had all traces of THC removed to ensure full compliance with UK laws.
2. What is THC? And will Paso products get me “high”?
THC is the cannabinoid associated with the psychoactive effects which make recreational users of marijuana high. It is also illegal in the UK in quantities over 1mg. All Paso CBD products are completely THC free so using them won’t make you high or breach any UK laws!
3. What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?
Both hemp and marijuana are types of cannabis which come from a plant family called Cannabaceae which also includes the hops used to flavour beer.
Although they belong to the same plant family, hemp and marijuana differ in their chemical composition, in particular their THC content.
Hemp naturally contains around 0.2% THC and 5-8% CBD whilst marijuana contains much more THC – around 10-20% - and much less CBD.
This difference in chemical structure is what makes hemp cultivation and sale legal in most countries, provided the THC content of farmed hemp and hemp retail products is kept below legal limits.
4. Where does Paso’s CBD come from?
All Paso CBD is extracted from all natural, pesticide free hemp from US farms. All the CBD we use has been extracted from hemp via a solvent-free extraction method, ensuring a CBD product free from contaminants.
5. Is CBD legal?
Yes, CBD is legal to buy and consume in the UK but only to the extent that products which contain CBD contain less than 1 milligram of THC per packet.
All our products contain 0% THC meaning they are 100% legally compliant in the UK.
6. Is CBD addictive?
According to a report from the World Health Organisation: “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD."
7. What are terpenes?
Terpenes are the fragrant organic compounds found in hemp, marijuana and several other herb, fruit and plant groups giving them their aromatic diversity. These natural, flavourful botanics form the basis of our vape liquids and ensure none have the sickly flavour of many vape products.
B. Effects of CBD
8. What are the effects of CBD?
Early research suggests that CBD is considered to have a range of beneficial effects which can be widely read about. That said, current UK laws mean that CBD must be classed as a food supplement meaning we cannot and do not make medical claims about the products we sell. We recommend a quick Google search to find out more!
In the meantime here is what some other people are saying:
“The 'miracle' cannabis compound that doesn't get you high” The Guardian
“Everybody who buys the product comes back and raves about it — including my mother” The Washington Post
“Research shows CBD may increase overall sleep amounts and reduce insomnia” Huffpost
“CBD Stopped My Anxious Spiraling” Elle
“CBD won’t get you high, but it will still make you feel good” InStyle
9. How does CBD work? The Science…
a. The endocannabinoid system
Whatever the desired effects of using CBD, its potentially therapeutic benefits would not be possible without our bodies having a biological system capable of interacting and processing cannabinoids such as CBD.
This internal system is called the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and is one of the most important physiological systems which maintains the processes by which body self-regulates its internal environment.
The endocannabinoid system is essentially the body’s internal communication and response mechanism allowing it, when functioning correctly, to maintain equilibrium. When something brings a cell out of its “just right” zone the endocannabinoid system will respond in order to re-instate equilibrium.
Whilst this doesn’t mean that introducing plant derived cannabinoids (known as phytocannabinoids) into the body will always make things “just right” it does suggest that we can stimulate the endocannabinoid system through introducing external cannabinoids such as CBD into the body and in doing so promote the positive outcomes for the bodily functions which the ECS effects.
b. How does the endocannabinoid system work?
The endocannabinoid system is made up of a large number of cannabinoid receptors spread across the central nervous system (CB1 receptors which are primarily found in the brain and spinal cord) and peripheral nervous system (CB2 which are receptors spread throughout the body). These receptors sit on the surface of cells and transmit information on the body’s changing physiological environment so a cell can initiate the appropriate balancing response to maintain equilibrium within the cell.
Like a lock and key, CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors (locks) receive “information” on the body’s changing physiological environment in the form of endocannabinoids (keys) which are synthetized by the body on demand depending on the bodies physiological conditions at the time.
c. Everybody is different
Everybody has a unique endocannabinoid system. In particular the distribution and density of CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors in each of us is as unique as a fingerprint which is why experimenting with hemp and cannabis products is such a personal and delicate process and why people have different experiences from consuming the same product.
10. Which Paso CBD products work fastest?
For cannabinoids like CBD to have an effect on the body’s endocannabinoid system, they must first be absorbed into the blood stream. This allows them to travel around the body and interact with the body’s cannabinoid receptors.
The different ways in which someone takes cannabinoids into their body will impact the degree and speed at which those cannabinoids are absorbed into the bloodstream. This is known as how “bioavailable” the CBD is.
Without getting too anatomical, the high surface area and blood flow to the lungs make absorption of CBD very quick when vaping – a few minutes – and therefore perfect for those of you who don’t want to wait around.
Edibles are best option for those of you who want both a great taste experience and partake in the more subtle, long lasting wellness effects of CBD. The reason why edibles such as Paso CBD Gummies and Paso CBD Chocolate take much longer to effect the body is because they need to pass through the digestive system to get into your bloodstream and start the process of interacting with your endocannabinoid system. It doesn’t seem it, but it’s a long journey for those CBD cannabinoids from your mouth to your stomach. The result is that eating CBD can only effect the body after 1.5 – 2 hours, meaning it’s a better option for those wanting to take CBD as a daily wellness supplement, rather than experience its effects quickly and in isolation.
C. Allergy Information
11. Should I take CBD products if I am pregnant, taking medication, have a pre-existing medical condition or allergy?
No, please consult with your doctor before taking any CBD products, particularly if you have known allergies.
We openly handle several allergens throughout out site including dairy, soy, and nuts. While we take precautions to keep ingredients separate, we cannot guarantee that ANY of our products are allergen free as we use share equipment to store, prepare and package them.
We are very sorry for any convenience this may cause. If you have any doubts as to your suitability for any of our product please first speak to your doctor.
Likewise, if you feel you are feeling ill or are not reacting well to taking CBD, stop taking CBD immediately and see your doctor.